The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Member News: Rick Pate Mayor Of Lowndesboro, Agribusiness Owner Announces Campaign For Commissioner Of Agriculture And Industries


July 5, 2017 – Lowndesboro, Ala. – Rick Pate, The Mayor of The Town of Lowndesboro and President of Pate Landscape Co., Inc. announced his campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries today. Pate is a Cattleman, a successful businessman and is an active in many Agribusiness and Civic Associations.

“I’m running for Ag Commissioner to help the agribusiness community in our state flourish,” Pate said. “I’m a lifelong Republican and I want to use conservative values to protect the largest sector of Alabama’s economy from undo regulations, taxes and fees put on them by career politicians in Montgomery and Washington, D.C.”

Rick is already being supported by The Associated General Contractors, and by The Alabama Cattlemen’s PAC. He is the Vice Chairman of The Lowndes County Republican Party and serves on The ALGOP Steering Committee. He is active in many organizations such as Rotary District 6880, The Southeastern Livestock Exposition and his church, Lowndesboro Baptist. He is a member of Alabama Farmers Federation, The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, The Alabama Wildlife Federation and The Business Council of Alabama.

“I’m thinking about the future of the planet, for my children and the generations to come,” Pate said. “It is estimated that by 2050 we will have to double food production to meet the needs of the world – it will take visionary leaders who understand that we have to work smarter, not just harder, to achieve these goals. As the mayor of a small town in rural Lowndes County I have been successful at applying business principles to government.”



Rick is a 1978 graduate of Auburn University in the School of Agriculture. He married to the former Julie Dismukes from Autauga County, and they have two sons - Richard and James.